Over 30 of our favorite absolutely delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes, from sides to mains, and even dessert! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these classic Thanksgiving recipes. Choose any of your favorites to create your very own vegan Thanksgiving menu!
What makes vegan Thanksgiving dinner recipes…vegan?
If you’re a new vegan or are interested in serving some plant based options at your Thanksgiving dinner, let’s go over the basics of what would constitute a vegan Thanksgiving recipe.
In order to be vegan, the recipe needs to be free from:
- Any animal products
In previous years, this might have been very hard to recreate classic and traditional Thanksgiving recipes in plant-based form. However, now we have a plethora of plant-based versions of family favorites that taste as good, if not better than their conventional counterparts.
A Vegan Thanksgiving Menu to please all eaters
In this menu of favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll find veganized versions of classics, such as stuffing and gravy to some twists, such as stuffed acorn squash and fall harvest salad.
Every recipe is entirely vegan, dairy free, egg free, and meat-free. Many of the options below are also very allergy friendly (meaning they might also be gluten free, grain free, and nut free).
This also means that every recipe in this post is also a vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe. While vegetarians at times consume dairy, a vegan recipe means that it’s also vegetarian-friendly, as it still doesn’t contain meat nor eggs.
You’ll find recipes that all family members will love, whether or not they are vegan!
What to make for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner?
Of course, making 30 vegan Thanksgiving recipes would be a bit much (not to mention, very stressful on timing everything!).
Here’s how I recommend planning your vegan Thanksgiving menu. Choose:
- 1-2 appetizers/starters
- 1 main
- 3-5 sides
- 2-3 desserts
This will depend on how many people you’re serving.
You can add more or less, and of course if everyone wants their absolute favorite, people can take home leftovers (aren’t Thanksgiving leftovers part of the experience anyways?! 😉 ).
Are these recipes allergy-friendly (i.e. gluten free, Paleo, grain free, nut free?)?
There are definitely some allergy-friendly recipes that go beyond just dairy free and egg free in the mix. In fact, most of the recipes are, and if not can be, made gluten-free and nut-free.
Without further ado, let’s feast!
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers and Small Plates
This super simple and easy pumpkin sweet potato soup is not to be mistaken with the sweet pumpkin (and sweet potato!) pie. This soup is every bit of savory, and you can even add in some pea protein for a nutritional boost. Entirely Paleo as well!
Another easy one, this blender-friendly butternut squash soup is perfect for a busy Thanksgiving table, as you don’t need to heat it up in a pot if needed. Just simply roast the butternut squash, blend the ingredients together warm and serve!
Fall Harvest Salad (via Running on Real Food)
This healthy vegan salad features all the best Fall and Winter ingredients. Topped with maple tahini dressing, it’s a standout salad that’s always a hit!
Vegan Thanksgiving Mains
A vegan Thanksgiving dinner classic, this lentil loaf has a bit of a twist: it uses hummus for a better texture that still tastes out of this world! Both vegans and non-vegans will flip for a slice of this!
If you prefer to serve pasta as a part of your Thanksgiving meal (some do!), then definitely serve it with these easy blender lentil “meatballs.” Packed with vegan protein and full of flavor!
A fantastic dish for picky eaters especially- this creamy and cheesy vegan mac n’cheese has all of the flavors of classic mac n’ cheese yet is entirely dairy free. Use a bean pasta to make it both gluten free and packed with vegan protein!
These quinoa and lentil stuffed acorn squashes make for both a fantastic main or side dish! Garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds, this gluten free and vegan side dish is a crowd pleaser- that no one will know is naturally vegan!
This vegan lentil lasagna is actually secretly grain free as well! Using sweet potatoes as the “pasta,” you have all of the flavors of lasagna yet entirely vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and even nut free!
Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
If you’re looking for easy vegan Thanksgiving sides, look no further than these roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. You can swap in either sweet potatoes or use fingerling here. It’s ready in 30 minutes and a wonderful veggie side dish!
Of course, no vegan Thanksgiving menu is complete without creamy mashed potatoes! These super easy vegan mashed potatoes have all of the flavors of the classic, yet entirely dairy free. Don’t worry- no one will notice! Top with a few pats of vegan butter, and drizzle in some creamy vegan gravy.
Vegan Green Beans with Nutritional Yeast (via Bree’s Vegan Life)
You can’t have a vegan Thanksgiving without some form of green bean casserole. These cheesy green beans are a wonderful vegan Thanksgiving recipe that packs in not only veggies but some added protein as well from the nutritional yeast!
If you’re a long time reader of The Banana Diaries, then you know that one of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes of all time is this sweet potato casserole. It just tastes exactly like the traditional yet is entirely vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. I recommend using Dandies marshmallows here- they’re my favorite vegan marshmallows!
If you’re not a fan of vegan marshmallows or need the recipe entirely grain free and refined sugar free, then this classic vegan sweet potato casserole is your dish! Topped with a cinnamon grain free streusel, it’s a crowd favorite. Omit the pecans all together or swap them out for pumpkin seeds if needed for nut-free!
Vegan Cornbread (via Little Sunny Kitchen)
This vegan twist on Southern corn bread is perfectly balanced with sweetness, moistness, and best of all- ease! Make this corn bread if you want a heart warming Thanksgiving!
Easy Vegan Stuffing (via Running On Real Food)
A Thanksgiving classic- we all need a good stuffing recipe at the table, vegan or not! This super easy vegan stuffing recipe can easily be made gluten-free by just swapping in your favorite gluten-free bread!
This deliciously creamy vegan mashed cauliflower with a Paleo vegan gravy sauce is a fantastic option for all Keto, low carb, Paleo, and grain free eaters at your Thanksgiving table (all while being vegan!). Definitely check out the gravy- that’s my fave! You can use it on regular mashed potatoes and your lentil loaf as well.
Vegan Biscuits (via Food Love)
Who doesn’t love a good biscuit on Thanksgiving? Smear a bit of vegan butter on top and enjoy!
Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (via Healthy Taste of Life)
We all need a bit of savory to balance out all of the sweet that’s coming after dinner. These stuffed twice baked sweet potatoes are a wonderful side dish that’s easy to make and prepare ahead of time as well.
Family Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Here’s a link to a full collection of vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes! However, below you can find a few of our favorites.
You either love pumpkin or you hate pumpkin…or so I’ve heard. Because every single person who has tried this pumpkin pie, vegan or not, has fallen head over heals in love with it. In fact, my family specially requests this one from me over even store bought from their favorite bakery! Plus, this is a no fail pumpkin pie- meaning, you won’t have any cracked tops!
Another fan favorite is the classic pecan pie. Now traditionally, it’s made with eggs, but fear not- this vegan pecan pie is actually made with flaxseed. Yes, ground flaxseed! But you wouldn’t know it from the taste. Oh, and it’s also entirely free of corn syrup! Yippee!
What I love most about apple pies is that they seem difficult but they’re actually quite easy- especially this recipe. With a no sugar added filling and the easiest vegan pie crust, you’ll have this apple pie ready in a synch!
Based off of the traditional sweet potato pie, this vegan twist is full of creamy sweet potato, cinnamon, and a touch of maple syrup for some fall flavor. Baked in a flaky vegan and gluten free crust, it’s a perfect after dinner treat!
No Bake Pumpkin Pie Tarts (via Running on Real Food)
These no-bake vegan pumpkin pie tarts are easy to make with just a few ingredients and make the perfect Fall dessert, holiday treat or alternative to pumpkin pie.
If you’re not into pumpkin pie, but love pumpkin spice, these single serve vegan pumpkin cupcakes with dairy free cream cheese frosting are a wonderful and fun dessert to satisfy that pumpkin craving!
Basically pumpkin pie in cake form, this vegan pumpkin spice cake is a decadent and fun 3 layer pumpkin cake (which can be made gluten-free!), and topped with a silky vegan cream cheese frosting.
If you’re not a fan of pie, then this caramel apple cake is full of warming spices for a delicious fall dessert! Filled with a creamy vegan caramel in between each layer, it’s a decadent yet warming vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipe that will please everyone.
For the chocolate lover in all of us, this silky chocolate cream pie is entirely vegan, dairy free, Paleo, tofu free and nut free, yet is so creamy and lush, you’d think it’s the real deal. If you have some eaters that don’t like pumpkin pie, this is a fantastic vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipe that fits all seasons!
A twist on the classic pumpkin pie, these vegan pumpkin pie bars have all of the favorite flavors and textures of pumpkin pie, only in bar form. Plus, these bars are entirely Paleo, grain free, and gluten-free if needed!
Thanksgiving desserts don’t have to be stressful- this super simple healthy apple crips is ready in less than an hour, and only requires 15 minutes of hands-on work. Plus, it’s an entirely sugar free apple filling!
If you have any nut-allergies in the family, this nut-free vegan pumpkin cheesecake is entirely free of the Top 8 Allergens, yet is so creamy and delicious, you’d hardly know it’s vegan and gluten free!
Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (via Texanerin Baking)
Maybe you don’t have an allergy to nuts, but you need one dessert to be Paleo friendly and grain free. This super easy creamy pumpkin cheesecake is a perfect healthy alternative to the classic, and will please all eaters!